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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from September 2020

    Sunday Oct. 4, 2020 is World Communion Sunday

    September 15, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    On World Communion Sunday, you have the opportunity to give an offering to support scholars in their education. Because of our giving on World Communion Sunday, the most powerful tool to change the world is in more hands. In The United Methodist Church, World Communion Sunday is one of six Special Sunday offerings. On the first Sunday in October, our designated gifts benefit students around the world by providing scholarships, …more

    CF&A has prepared 2021 budget

    September 11, 2020 / By UNY Conference CF&A

    Your Conference Council on Finance & Administration has been working since last fall on the 2021 Conference budget. Of course, at that time, things were the “old normal”, and, while our collections from ministry shares were down, we were anticipating the continued generosity from our local churches and prepared the budget accordingly. Prior to our releasing the budget (which would have occurred in the spring, prior to the May 2020 …more

    FAQs for the Virtual Annual Conference

    September 11, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    In one week, the various virtual sessions of the Upper New York Annual Conference will begin. The Practice Session will be held at 7 p.m.on Friday Sept. 18; Clergy Session will be held on Saturday Sept. 19; Ordination will take place on Friday Oct. 2; and the business of Annual Conference will take place on Saturday Oct. 3. There are many questions people have about Annual Conference as it relates to this new …more

    Get ready to practice the virtual UNY Annual Conference

    September 9, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    As was previously announced, the Upper New York Annual Conference will be taking place virtually with the Clergy Session on Sept. 19 and Annual Conference on Oct. 3. Please note that the ordination service will take place in-person by invitation only on Oct. 2. All of those participating in the Clergy Session and voting members of Annual Conference will be able to practice how the virtual platform works on Friday Sept. 18 at 7 p …more

    The Rev. BJ Norrix on Online Giving

    September 9, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    This fall, the Upper New York Conference is launching trainings in the area of digital discipleship. In October and November, trainings will be provided on online giving, Facebook, and Zoom. The Rev. BJ Norrix will be teaching the online training on how to get started with online giving. Click here for a video that Rev. Norrix, lead pastor for the Syracuse United Methodist ministries, has provided us with. He explains …more

    Reaching Our Seniors

    September 9, 2020 / By Shawna Lambert and Jean Sheviak, East Greenbush FUMC

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of the Advocate, which focused on "Keeping Connected." At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost every religious organization began to ask the same question: How can we help? We at First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush (FUMCEG) decided early on that a major target of our focus should be the elderly population, who would surely be among …more

    A Blessing for Students, Teachers/Professors and Staff

    September 9, 2020 / By Rhonda Chester / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    May children, youth and young adults everywhere be open to the blessing of a brand new school year. May the radiance of your soul light up all opportunities to do good work and to be good humans. As you enter the virtual and in-person spaces, may you do so with anticipation for the new discoveries of your ability to adapt and learn. May your minds and hearts be excited to …more

    Bishop Webb’s message to the UNY Conference Sept. 8

    September 8, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    On Sept. 8, Upper New York (UNY) Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb, sent a video message to the Upper New York Conference. In his message, he expresses gratitude for every clergy person, lay person, and participant in any of the UNY churches for the faithful ministry they continue to offer in the name of Jesus Christ at this difficult time. Bishop Webb expresses sorrow for the UNY Conference as they …more

    Rev. Dr. Duane Priset’s reimagining of the Pilgrim’s Progress available

    September 8, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    For over 40 years, the Rev. Dr. Duane Priset, who served Lockport: Emmanuel UMC in the Upper New York Conference and several churches in the former Western New York Conference, has been teaching lessons from John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress to Sunday School classes, congregations, seminar attendees, and even his seminary students. Introduced to The Pilgrim’s Progress as a senior in high school, Dr. Priset …more

    Department of Labor issues New FAQs on FFCRA Leave and return to school

    September 8, 2020 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published new frequently asked questions (FAQs) about whether employees qualify for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in different school reopening situations, including those that blend in-person with distance learning.   A new “Return to School” section was added to the DOL’s existing FFCRA FAQs on August 27, 2020.  The new section’s three …more



    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."